Developer Maschinen-Mensch has announced that its enormously enjoyable rogue-like exploration adventure, The Curious Expedition, is getting a sequel. But that’s not all! The original is on its way to consoles this year too.
The first Curious Expedition launched in 2016 and casts players as late 19th century explorers, setting them loose across undiscovered climes
in order to locate treasures then return home, where fame, fortune, and braying crowds await. What that equates to in practice is a compelling blend of vaguely strategic board gaming and choose-your-own-adventure-style narrative.
Prior to an expedition, you’re able to gather supplies and form a party. Then, upon arrival at your mysterious (procedurally generated) destination, it becomes a game of carefully managing your limited food and resources as you blunder across the hex-based map, encountering the likes of ancient temples, increasingly unimpressed locals, and deadly fauna on the way – the latter of which can be battled via a kind of dice-tossing combat system.